Equines are not only one of the most noble animals, they are also incredibly strong, fast, obedient and beautiful. People who have never had the opportunity to ride or be around this amazing animal would never understand why horse owners are fascinated with this graceful animal.
Almost every little girl dreams of having a pony but few ever own one. However, those who do are rewarded with the emotional, mental, social, and physical benefits that develops as a result of frequent interaction with horses.
Here we are pointing out some fun facts that you could find interesting about this incredible animal.
|Scientific name:||Equus ferus caballus|
|Size:||Height at the shoulders, 30 to 69 in|
|Weight:||120 to 2,200 lbs|
BEST HORSEBACK RIDING LOCATIONS IN THE WORLD
If you are a truly horse lover you need to add one of these places to your “Bucket List.” These are the most beautiful and adventurous places to go horseback riding in the world:
• Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
• Biltmore Estate, NC, USA
• Loire Valley, France
• Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
• Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
• Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
• Banff National Park, Canada
• Donana National Park, Spain
FINANCIAL IMPORTANCE FOR THE U.S.
The equine industry is global and continues to play an important role in worldwide economies.
The direct impact of this industry on the U.S economy adds up to approximately $39 billion dollars annually and supports 1.4 million full-time jobs. When indirect spending on related industries are included the impact reaches $102 billion dollars.
There are currently 9.2 million horses in the U.S. with Texas leading the way with the highest horse population of one million. Texas is followed by California at 700,000 and Florida with 500,000 to round out the three leading horse States in the country. Furthermore, 45 of 50 states have at least 20,000 horses. All of those horses are used for different kinds of activities, but the majority, 3,906,923, are for recreational purposes. Another 2,718,954 horses for showing, 844,531 for racing and 1,752,439 for other things like therapy or ranch work.
EQUESTRIANS AND OLYMPICS
Since 1912 three equestrian disciplines have been on the Olympic program. According to the International Equestrian Federation those are:
Jumping: A jumping competition is one in which the combination of horse and athlete is tested under various conditions over a course of obstacles. It is a test intended to demonstrate the horse's freedom, energy, skill, speed and obedience as well as the rider’s horsemanship.
Dressage: "The highest expression of horse training" where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."
Eventing: A formidable combination of Cross Country, Jumping and Dressage. Eventing is often known as the Triathlon of the equestrian world.
While 2,067 riders from 65 countries have competed approximately 4,000 times in Olympic competitions since 1912, most riders are only one-time Olympians.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HORSEBACK RIDING
• It builds self confidence: While horse riding is an independent sport, it’s actually a partnership in which the owner is a teacher and leader who works with the horse. Nothing builds self confidence better than “leadership training.” That is a form of empowerment that’s only found working with large animals.
• Reduces stress: Physical exercise is a scientifically recognized mediator of stress and it is clear that equine activities require exercise. Interaction with animals is also proven to decrease blood pressure and stress hormones.
• Keeps you physically active: Riding and other activities that require you to be outdoors in all kinds of weather will certainly keep you moving. Riding, cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, raking hay, and pushing wheelbarrows all actively burn calories and build muscle.
• Builds character: Character building is a natural part of horse ownership. It teaches responsibility, punctuality, sportsmanship, frugality, patience, commitment, confidence and self-esteem.
• It promotes a union with nature: Being outside and enjoying the fresh air can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Plus, the dose of vitamin D you get from being in the sunshine is essential for your body.
• Improves digestion: Riding a horse at a walking pace stimulates the internal organs just as walking on foot does. This aids in liver function and digestion.
FAMOUS HORSES IN HISTORY:
1. Babieca – Horse of El Cid (military leader in medieval Spain)
2. Bucephalus – Alexander
3. The Great Comanche – Only survivor of the battle of Little Big Horn
4. Trojan horse
*Mythology and legends*
1. Arion – Immortal horse (greek)
2. Balius – Horse of Achille (greek)
3. Gulltoppr – One of the horses of the gods (norse mythology)
4. Hofvarpnir – Horse of Gna (norse mythology)
5. Kelpie – Supernatural water horse (celtic)
6. Pegasus - Winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in
7. colour (greek)
8. Llamrei – Mare of King Arthur
9. Xanthos - Horse of Achille (greek)
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